Make a difference in the lives of people living with kidney disease as a National Kidney Foundation of Illinois volunteer! There are many different ways you get get involved.
Our volunteer opportunities include:
From March to November, we rely on 12-15 volunteers (both technical and non-technical) at every screening. Click here to read about volunteer responsibilities and expectations at KidneyMobile screenings. For more information, please fill out or Volunteer Application.
Walk for Kidneys (Held Annually in June)
Walk for Kidneys is the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ largest event! It consists of a three-mile walk along Lake Michigan, a health fair, refreshments, and entertainment. Walk for Kidneys is attended by kidney disease and transplant patients, kidney donors, friends, family members and supporters from all over the state of Illinois. Our Walk for Kidneys volunteers help to welcome and register guests, greet and escort speakers and VIPs, direct attendees, and more. Please fill out our Volunteer Application if you are interested in volunteering at Walk for Kidneys.
This group of professionals ages 25-40 years old is dedicated to supporting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and raising funds for programs and services. The Associate Board meets quarterly and hosts several events throughout the year, including Derby for a Cause, their annual fundraiser. Click here to learn more about joining the Associate Board.
Your Kidneys & You Ambassadors
Your Kidneys & You is a program designed to raise awareness among the general public about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and how to protect your kidneys. Your Kidneys & You Ambassadors are volunteers that have a passion for educating others about kidney disease and are confident speaking in front of groups of 25-50 people. Ambassadors will be trained by NKFI staff and must be willing to dedicate a minimum of six (6) months to the program, hosting three (3) presentations per quarter. Click here to read more information about the Your Kidneys & You program, or fill out our Volunteer Application if you are interested in becoming a Your Kidneys & You Ambassador.
Health Fairs & Community Education
These volunteers represent the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois at health fairs and various community education events. They speak with community members about kidney disease, its causes and treatment options, and pass out pertinent information to the public.
In-office volunteers are crucial in preparing for events and assisting with day-to-day tasks. These volunteers must be available on weekdays, any time between 9 am - 5 pm. Opportunities and tasks vary depending on the time of year.